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Walk to End Alzheimer's raises money, awareness and hope

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Hundreds of colorful flowers brightened the morning sky in downtown Augusta Saturday; the flowers represented a field of hope for people affected by Alzheimer's disease. 

"My mom has Alzheimer's and she's in Maryland and since I can't be there with her I support her through events like this," said Anna Griffin.

Griffin and hundreds of other people did what they could to end the disease Saturday.

During the Walk to End Alzheimer's they threaded the streets of downtown Augusta to raise awareness and gave money toward research to find a cure for Alzheimer's.

"I don't have the technical skills to combat it, the best thing I can do is give money," Griffin, said.

She's funding an effort to find a cure for the disease that over five million Americans suffer from; and there's no telling how much pain the disease has brought to countless families. 

"It is very painful, she recognizes me very little, today was a good day for her," said Janea Beth Wells.

Wells has watched as Alzheimer's altered her mother's personality, even leading her to not recognize her grandchildren and, at times, her husband of almost 50 years. 

"I don't want my children doing this 20 years from now because it's me with the disease. I want to help find a cure, help fund research to slow it down whatever we need to do," Wells, said.

The Chairman of Georgia's Alzheimer's Association Bruce Flechter lost his grandparents and parents to the disease and he hopes today's efforts will be a turning point.

"The more people are aware, the more people are going to support our organization and support us with their donations and support us with the money that we really need for research," said Flechter.

He says the more than $100,000 raised in Saturday's event can make a difference.

Griffin agreed, "Everything that we do will make a difference."

The hope of making a difference is what enables them to walk on today and tomorrow and not stop until they find a cure.

Fox54 was a proud sponsor of the Walk to End Alzheimer's.

If you would like to support research to find a cure to end Alzheimer's, head over to: http://www.alz.org/georgia/in_my_community_donate.asp

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